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Mother Wore Tights (1947)

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daddy
Mona Freeman ...
Iris
Connie Marshall ...
Mikie
Vanessa Brown ...
Bessie
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Grandmother McKinley
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Mr. Schneider
Ruth Nelson ...
Miss Ridgeway
Anabel Shaw ...
Alice Flemmerhammer
Stephen Dunne ...
Roy Bivins (as Michael Dunne)
George Cleveland ...
Grandfather McKinley
Veda Ann Borg ...
Rosemary Olcott
Sig Ruman ...
Papa
Lee Patrick ...
Lil
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In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her talent, hires her for a "two-act", then marries her. Incidents of the marriage and the growing pains of eldest daughter Iris are followed, interspersed with nostalgic musical numbers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In our family dad wore the pants but . . . Mother Wore Tights [Australia Theatrical]

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September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siempre en tus brazos  »

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$2,727,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 2, 1948 with Betty Grable and Dan Daily reprising their film roles. See more »

Connections

Edited into My Blue Heaven (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Swinging Down the Lane
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Mona Freeman (dubbed by Imogene Lynn), 'Robert Arthur (I)' and chorus
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Nostalgic vaudeville musical should please Grable/Dailey fans...
6 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

While BETTY GRABLE was never in the same league with Ginger Rogers or Rita Hayworth as a dancer, she does manage to keep up nicely with DAN DAILEY in this pleasant backstage musical of a vaudeville couple who become a dance team, marry and raise a family. The voice-over narration is by none other than ANNE BAXTER, although MONA FREEMAN and CONNIE MARSHALL play the couple's children.

Grable is still at the height of her box-office popularity here, charming in the song-and-dance routines that show off her shapely figure and modest talents as a dancer, while Dailey is at his breezy best as her highly confident partner.

By today's standards, it's no doubt going to find some who find it too schmaltzy and corny but fans of the escapist movies of the '40s will no doubt succumb to its charms.

Alfred Newman's musical score won a Best Musical Score Oscar and the film had two nominations for Color Cinematography and the song "You Do". The musical numbers are light and entertaining, my personal favorite being the "Kokomo, Indiana" song-and-dance, although the Oscar winning ballad is nice enough.

But there's nothing special here. Grable fans might be disappointed that the musical numbers aren't more lavish (or as garish as they usually are in a Grable film), but the story has some warm appeal that makes up for the neglected gaudier aspects.

Trivia note: An actor named STEPHEN DUNNE (as Roy), bears a remarkable resemblance to GEORGE MONTGOMERY. Could be his twin brother!!


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